What Hard Drive To Buy??

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  1. Free From PC macrumors member

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    I need to buy a new hard drive for my 15" iMac and was looking for some advice. I prefer to spend as little as possible (Don't we all), but I still need something that is going to last.

    Should I go to MacAuthority, or look on Ebay?

    I am sure there are certain specs I need to look for that will fit in my computer, but I don't know what they are.

    Any help/advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Free
     
  2. MacRAND macrumors 6502a

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    iMac hard drive

    Free, there are pretty much two sizes in hard drives, 2.5" for Laptops and the standard 3.5" for all other computers, Macs, PC, etc. Your iMac is not a laptop.

    Before addressing make or model, you should set a minimum / maximum size and speed.

    7200 rpm for you is both the minimum & maximum speed, it is perfect for appropriate FireWire speed or mounting internally onto your bus.
    Faster won't really help you (10,000 rpm or 15,000 rpm), and
    slower won't save you any money and you will instead be burdened with a "slow" drive. (5400 rpm and slower is a joke anymore)

    80 GB is an acceptable minimum and should cost you about $80, or $1 per GB competitively. 120, 160, or 200 are also good, but the larger the drive, you will often find the slower it is going to react. A RAID of two 100 GB drives is twice as fast as one 200 GB drive, and would cost you about the same - as long as you have the room to mount both, and you don't. So, depending on how much money you want to spend - $80 to $160 for an 80 or 160 GB hard drive.

    8 MB buffer or L2 cache has replaced 2 MB as the norm for hard drive memory, and larger means faster. So, avoid 2 MB and set 8 MB as a minimum.

    9.5ms or lower access rate is acceptable (smaller number is better).
    8.5ms is very good, do not tolerate 10ms or higher.
    [​IMG]
    You are going to like how quietly an

    Hitachi/IBM Travelstar (over 500 models to chose from)
    or

    SEAGATE Barracuda
    (over 355 models to chose from)
    sounds. Good quality, solid feel, great reputation, excellent warranty & service. If you investigate the high-end technology of these 2 drive manufacturers, then you will understand why they appear to be head & tail above the rest. Their drives may cost a bit more, but you get lots more in quality.

    After those drives, I like Western Digital, which has often been an OEM for Mac computer drives. Excellent Customer Assistance staff, very responsive.

    Lastly, I'd settle for Maxtor or Toshiba, whose drives have improved reasonably well over the last several years.

    Where to buy? Any of the Mac "warehouses" like CDW, OWC, MacMall, MacZone, etc. Another old, loyal Mac site is
    http://www.SmallDog.com com. Two other very price competitive sites are
    http://www.ZipZoomFly.com and
    http://www.NewEgg.com

    Always shop around for price AND shipping & handling combined cost, often /Free 2nd Day. Here are some examples of very similar drives (check out full specs before buying, and compare):

    SEAGATE Barracuda 7200.7 Plus 200 GB
    Standard - INTERNAL - Ultra DMA/ATA-100 -
    7200 Rpm Rotational Speed
    Data Transfer Rate: 683 Mbps -
    8.5ms Average Seek (msec)
    8 MB L2 Cache
    $145.00

    Hitachi/IBM DeskStar 7K250 ATA/6 200GB
    7200 RPM
    8.5ms
    8MB Buffer
    3yr Hitachi/IBM Warranty.
    $159.00
     
  3. Free From PC thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow

    MacRAND,

    Thank you so much for the information. I'll start price comparing today.


    Thanks again,
    Free
     
  4. Sparky's macrumors 6502a

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    Free I have used this site many time to do comparison shopping.
    http://shop.bizrate.com/buy/browse__cat_id--410.html
    its a non-biased site that will search not only for the lowest price but who to get it from, and each is rated as to past records and reputation.

    I found my DVD plyer here it Listed for $249 MSRP but I found it for $89 printed out the info, went to the local Circut City and got it for $110. Not bad for a JVC DVD player
     
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  6. MacRAND macrumors 6502a

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    Free, that URL only works for you because there is a unique COOKIE from them on your Mac that identifies you and gives you info; for us, it says YOUR SHOPPING CART IS EMPTY

    If you share a URL with us, make it of the product as listed for sale on the site, not of your Shopping Cart.
     
  7. mercury26 macrumors newbie

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    I do not know what drive you picked, but NewEgg is an awesome company to deal with. I have done business with them for many years and have never had a bad experience. As for drives, Seagate is my top choice and then Western Digital. I have had some issues with IBM/Hitachi drives that make me leary of their quality.

    Cheers,

    Chuck Hasek
     
  8. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    all i can say is....wow
     
  9. Free From PC thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, does this one work?

    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=22-148-022&depa=0


    Sorry!!! :rolleyes:
     
  10. Free From PC thread starter macrumors member

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    Bought One Today

    Ok, so I bought a hard drive today and was looking for any advice or wisdom from someone who has installed one before. It's going in my iMac. Any do's and don't's, or shortcuts and easy ways to get it done.


    Thanks,

    Free
     
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Well, I've never opened a flat panel iMac before, but I do know this: I'll pray for you, you're gonna need it :D
     
  12. MacRAND macrumors 6502a

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    SEAGATE is excellent drive; rated very highly.

    FREE, check back issues of Macworld & MacAddict because I have this picture in my mind's eye of a flat-panel iMac on its side and the bottom plate being removed.
    http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-a=sp100145d7&sp-q=iMac+hard+drive&go=Go!

    CRT (not LCD) version: http://www.macworld.com/2001/10/bc/howtoimac/

    Whether that is for an Airport Card, RAM, or hard drive, I don't know.
    Also, check out www.xlr8yourmac.com
    for iMac and HD replacement.
    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/tips/Drive_buying_advice.html#storytop

    Be sure to back up your data first.

    The 120GB 7200rpm 8MB buffer Seagate appears to be an excellent choice at a good price, you should be happy with it.
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  13. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    That page covers basically everything really. I used it for my first hardware excursion. Upgrading RAM and the HD in a 333MHz Lime iMac :)
     
  14. Free From PC thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a flat panel iMac, so it's going to be a little different.



    Free
     

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